London's Drag Queens take to the stage in a classical music competition to celebrate pride at Outernet in Soho.

Classical Pride event showcases drag performers at Outernet Soho

An evening of classical music and pride celebrations is coming to Outernet in Soho on Wednesday 3rd July.

Stars of London’s drag scene Snow White Trash, Barbs, Beau Jangles, Freddie Love, and Vinegar Strokes will go head to head in this classical, colourful competition.

With an orchestra of LGBTQ+ musicians and allies, conducted by Oliver Zeffman, attendees can expect to hear classical favourites such as Carmen, La Bohème, and Tosca.

Drag artist Vinegar Strokes said: “When it comes to how theatrical opera is, I think drag slots in quite neatly.

“Big costumes, big voices, big big mouths, it just lends itself.”

Drag artist Vinegar Strokes performing in Classical Pride at Outernet in Soho.

A star-studded judging panel including Monét X Change, Thorgy Thor from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and superstar operatic tenor Nicky Spence will critique the night’s performers.

Drag artist Snow White Trash said, “I personally wanted to see how I could take a piece of classical music and inject drag into it. 

“You’re not just seeing a drag queen perform a concert. 

“Debussy is one of my favourite composers, I’ve tried to inject drag, humour and elements into a piece of classical music. 

“Oh god, I don’t want to give away spoilers!”

Drag artist Snow White Trash performing in Classical Pride at Outernet in Soho.

London legend Johnny Woo is also expected to host a runway featuring rising star queer performers in the interval.

When asked if the popular drag queen death drops go with classical music, Snow White Trash said: “I’m more of a park-and-bark kind of a woman generally.

“I’m a mover, not a dancer.”

Vinegar Strokes added: “I’m sure you could death drop to, I don’t know, Pavarotti or something, but absolutely no death dropping for me.

“I’ll leave it to the teenagers.”

Proceeds from the event will be donated to three important LGBTQ+ charities, Rainbow Railroad, Terrence Higgins Trust and GAY TIMES’ Amplifund.

Rainbow Railroad provides vital support for individuals escaping violence and persecution, Terrence Higgins Trust supports the HIV community, and GAY TIMES’ Amplifund provides resources for various LGBTQIA+ organisations.

Snow White Trash said: “I think it’s a real point to note that drag queens aren’t just tits and wigs.  

“Drag queens lead a lot of fundraising and charity work.”

The evening promises to be a lively and unique celebration during the pride season, Vinegar Strokes said: “Get ready to be dazzled, and blown away by everyone. 

“This isn’t just a concert of classic music, it’s going to be a really special blending of drag and classical music by a group of very talented performers.”

You can get your tickets for Classical Drag at Outernet in Soho here.

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